Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mae West: Fanny Brice

MAE WEST appeared at the same Big Apple fundraiser with a comedienne who died at the end of May.
• • Born on New York's Lower East Side, Fanny Brice [29 October 1891 — 29 May 1951] was a popular and influential American illustrated song "model," comedienne, singer, theatre and film actress, who made many stage, radio and film appearances but is best remembered as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series: The Baby Snooks Show. Thirteen years after her death, she was portrayed on the Broadway stage by Barbra Streisand in the musical "Funny Girl" and its 1968 film adaption.
• • On 25 June 1926, Mae West appeared with Houdini on the same stage for the last time. The star of "Sex" was performing with the magician and other bold-faced named entertainers (such as Fanny Brice, George M. Cohan, the Marx Brothers, Al Jolson, Ann Pennington, Hazel Dawn, Eddie Foy, etc.) — — where? — — at the Polo Grounds on West 155th Street in Manhattan's Washington Heights area [zipcode 10032].
• • The fundraiser, organized for the benefit of the United Jewish Campaign, was staged by Mae's old dancing teacher Ned Wayburn.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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